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Spanish 403: Mexico Culture: Reference Sources Plus

Electronic Reference Databases

Reference sources are also available in database form through the library.  These sources are available 24/7!

Get an Overview with Reference Sources

Orozco Mural at Dartmouth College

Reference Books vs. Circulating Books

Reference books should only be used for an overview, and not as one of your major sources.  Because reference book articles are short, you are not going to find the level of detail required to write a successful paper.

Circulating books offers more specific information on one major subject with lots of details in its further subdivision.  You may also find lots of supporting materials via facts, personal experience or survey as well as possible some statistics.  It takes you to a deeper level of research.